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TIP! Watch how you store your jewelry when it isn’t being worn. Keep pieces separately by using compartments, boxes, hooks and holders.

It is important to understand the proper way to shop for, wear and store fine jewelry, regardless of whether it is a newer piece or a cherished heirloom. This article will give you the tips and tricks that you need to get the most from the money and time you devote to jewelry.

TIP! When you are purchasing a new piece of jewelry, be aware of the gemstone that it contains and what it is made of. Gems can be natural, imitation or synthetic.

Watch how you store your jewelry when it isn’t being worn. You can protect your jeweled investments with hooks, boxes and holders that keep each piece intact and prevent tangles. Never simply throw piles of jewelry in a box. This haphazard approach can cause damage to the individual components of fine jewelry, and create a tangled mess.

TIP! When shopping for diamonds, it’s best to comparison shop. Get up close to inspect the diamond carefully.

Keep your jewelry in a relatively air-tight container, and minimize its exposure to humidity. For maximum protection you can choose to store them inside of a small drawstring or a closed jewelry box. Humid air affects the metals in jewelry and causes tarnishing. While precious metals can be polished back to their original luster, non-precious metals are only coated in which case polishing causes the copper metal underneath to show through.

TIP! Accent a belt with a brooch to add more visual interest instantly. Pin it in the center of your waist or towards your hip.

If you are in the market to buy some silver jewelry, don’t forget to take a magnet along with you. Metals that aren’t precious will connect to the magnet, signaling that it is fake. There should be a stamp hallmarked that says something like .925 sterling or ster, on sterling silver Be wary of jewelery without any kind of hallmark, as often it is fake.

TIP! Makeup isn’t for jewelry. Let your makeup dry before you put on a piece of jewelry.

Jewelry should be a purchase that truly lasts a lifetime. It is important to invest in a quality piece of jewelry, so only work with respected and reputable jewelers. Any piece that is high quality will have its craftsmanship and quality shining through. The jeweler will be able to provide a complete history of the piece of jewelry, including who made it, and exactly where the stones originated. It is essential to purchase high-quality jewelry if you want it to become a treasured heirloom passed down for generations.

TIP! See if your gem has had any treatments prior to buying, and if so, which treatments. Depending on the type of treatment used, the piece will require varying types of care.

You should try and wear the jewelery once to see if it will hang on you right. You will be able to tell if it will hold up to wear and tear.

TIP! Learn how to unravel a knotted necklace, even one with delicate loops. Don’t be tempted to give up on the tangled metal.

Think about ordering custom jewelery if you want to make an original gift to someone who counts for you. Giving a gift that requires thought and creativity will make it even more special.

TIP! When photographing a jewelry piece to sell online, aim to present it attractively, in a well-lit, close-up and clear photograph. This is very important since customers cannot handle the jewelry in an online transaction.

Put your make up on before the jewelery. If you put on makeup after you put on your jewelry, dust and particles from the makeup will migrate to the jewelry, which makes it dirty quite quickly. Earrings and necklaces are the prominent pieces affected by this.

TIP! A diamond’s cut and clarity are often times more important than how big it is. It is important to consider the character of the individual you are purchasing the diamond for.

Ask your jeweler before you make a purchse about what kinds of treatments were used on the gemstones in the piece. It is important to understand the varying treatment processes because each one requires a specific care regimen. You can easily damage your gem, stripping the former treatment off, by cleaning it with the wrong solution.

TIP! Jewelry sets are a great gift item to consider. Jewelry in sets comes with a discount at many jewelry stores.

Think about the outfits you will wear it with when you buy a piece of jewelry. There is no point continually buying jewelry if you never wear it. Take a look in your closet and consider what outfits your jewelry will accessorize.

TIP! Necklaces often get tangled, so consider buying stylish robe hooks with embellishments to hang them and keep them untangled. You can hang a whole row of these small pieces of hardware along a wall or the back of a closet door, then hang your necklaces in groups by color or length.

Selling jewelry online requires you to capture stunning images of the piece. A nice photo and description is essential since your online customer will not be able to see the piece in person. Be sure your photographs show good details of the jewelry and few, if any, details of the surroundings.

TIP! If you want to make a few extra bucks without selling your jewelry, you can do this if you have bracelets or necklaces made of gold. Just cut off any excess.

If you’re in the market for diamond jewelry, make sure to comparison shop. Every diamond is unique and has its own flaws. Seeing a diamond in person will help you determine whether you can accept a given imperfection. Different jewelers may price differently in regard to these flaws. To find a good diamond within your budget, really do your homework and shop around.

TIP! If you are a jewelry maker who sells at craft fairs, holiday markets and such, you may have trouble coming up with ways to properly display it. When you are making a jewelery piece keep in mind how you will be displaying it.

Never swim with your jewelry on. The chlorine in swimming pools can ruin a piece of jewelry. Salt water is just as bad as chlorinated water. To extend the life of your jewelry, and protect the beauty, take off all jewelry before going into the water.

TIP! A beautiful, but quite often overlooked gemstone, is Alexandrite. This stone will change colors from green to purple, depending on the sun and temperature.

Brand should not be the only consideration when purchasing jewelry. Most people will not really know where you discovered the piece. Sellers try to get you to buy brand name jewelry just because it is more expensive. There are a number of different brands that manufacture high-quality jewelry.

TIP! Surprise your sweetheart and express your admiration with a lovely piece of jewelry. It’s great to get surprise gifts, especially those as meaningful as jewelry.

Of course, higher gold prices also increases the cost for new gold jewelry. If you must have a gold bracelet or ring, consider looking at a piece with fewer karats in order to spend less money. The best deal you will usually find is a piece of 18 karat gold, which is at least 75% pure gold.

TIP! While it’s not as good as a professional cleaner, toothpaste will get the job done in a pinch. Apply a tiny amount of this toothpaste, making sure to use a paper towel or a soft cloth that is lint free.

You can make money from any gold bracelets and necklaces you have, without having to sell your entire pieces. By removing several inches of excess material, you will be able to sell a small amount of gold while still having enough of the piece to wear. If you have a number of real gold pieces, you can earn a couple hundred dollars with this method.

TIP! Buying jewelry that is used can be extremely cost effective. Previously owned jewelry is often as nice as its newer counterparts.

Alexandrite is often times overlooked, but it is a beautiful jewelry stone. Depending on your environment, the stone’s color switches between green and purple. Some of the most common places to find alexandrite are earrings, rings, and pendants.

TIP! When looking for jewelry, don’t pin your sights on the designer brands. While these retailers boast name recognition, is the quality really superior? Check out the styles you like from higher end designers, then look for a cheaper alternative with the same look or design.

Well-maintained jewelry holds both its resale value and sentimental value. When you protect your jewelry you help protect both your investment and your memories. Continue learning about jewelry care, and you’ll never have to retire another piece.